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Rosies Register logo17 Jan - Cat Deliberately Thrown into Harbour - This report and appeal comes from Rosie's Register,  the Eastbourne lost and found cat service. This is an appeal to anybody (in particular to two passing adults who tried to prevent the incident) who witnessed three very young children, on bikes, who deliberately threw an alive cat into the water at the Sovereign Marina on Sunday night, 14th January, at about 9 pm. This took place near the South Bridge, [near The Piazza], and it is thought likely that the children, one a girl, live in the west harbour area. The Police have been informed, and l have a police log number, and hope to find out more information. The children are too young to be prosecuted, but their parents need to be found, as this could happen again. As it is, a person will have to be informed that their much loved cat has been deliberately drowned by children who are all thought to be under the age of eight! If you have any information at all, please do make contact with Rosie's Register by phoning 01825 873067, or via Facebook. Thank you.

Update from Rosie's Register Facebook page. I have spoken to a witness at length tonight who has been able to tell me a great deal more about what happened on Sunday night. I will be passing that information to the police. It is true that the two younger children were aged 6 and 7, but the older boy is actually now thought to be 12 or 13. I would still like the two men who tried to help to get in touch with me. They will know who they are. Thank you to everybody who has responded to this appeal today, to the person who told me of the incident in the first place, and to Louisa and Dave for their help with collecting the body this morning. I'll leave the posting on here as it is for now.

12 Jan - Foul smell from water treatment works - we understand that in mid-December Southern Water had a flood that knocked out purifying machines at their Langney Point works. This resulted in a bad smell in the area that was particularly strong over the xmas period. Southern Water said that the issue was fixed by the 27th December; yet in the New Year the smell had returned.

Local councillors and EBC council officials have again raised the issue with Southern Water and are now trying to arrange a meeting with them to futher discuss the matter.

Over the past few years Southern Water have repeatedly claimed that they have fixed this problem. They have also told local councillors that they receive no, or very few, complaints.

SHRA is also writing to Southern Water about the recurring problem, but it is vital that Southern Water know that the strength of feeling about the foul smell is as strong as the smell itself. Please complain to Southern Water on: 0330 303 0223, or you can leave a comment on their web site here... https://www.southernwater.co.uk/feedback You can write to their postal address: Southern Water, PO Box 41, Worthing, BN13 3NZ.

Please also tell EBC that you have complained on 01323 410000, and also inform our local councillors, who can use residents' complaints as their ammunition. Contacts...


09 Jan - Bridge Lessons - Starting Tuesday 30th January 2018 the Sovereign Harbour Bridge Club will also be running lessons for beginners. These will be friendly, informal mini-bridge based lessons aiming to have you playing cards from the first lesson. Email: shbridge@aol.com The Bridge Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club at 1.10pm for 1:30pm start. New players welcomed.


07 Jan - Sovereign Retail Park Major Facelift - M&G Real Estate (the estate investment arm of Prudential plc), have submitted a planning application to make alterations to the front of units 1-8  of the retail park (from Next to the cinema). They propose to replace the current, separated canopy with one attached higher-up to the main buildings. New signage will be attached to the canopy (click for image... ). Each unit's frontage will be redesigned with more glazing (click for image... ). Planters, incorporating seating, are proposed for the walkway, and a new 18-space cycle parking area will be created at the cinema end. There is no change to the number of car parking spaces. The full plans can be viewed and commented on on the EBC planning web site. The Planning Application number is 171472. Closing date for comment is 27 January.


medical centre image06 Jan - New members needed for Patients’ Participation Group. The Harbour Medical Practice’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) is seeking members for its new ‘virtual’ forum as well as the regular group which meets every other month.

Chaired by harbour resident Steve Thornett, the PPG works with practice staff and the GPs to help meet patients’ needs and improve local services. The PPG is affiliated to the National Association for Patients Participation, and is represented at meetings of the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford PPG Forum.

“Membership of the Harbour Medical Practice’s PPG is open to any registered patient. We’re an active group and have good attendance at our meetings but appreciate many other patients may like to be involved but cannot attend day-time meetings because of work or other commitments,” says Steve. “That’s why we’re keen to set up a virtual group of people of all ages interested in our local health services,” he adds.

The PPG collates the results of the Friends and Family Test (one of the ways patients can feedback their views of the practice’s services) and raises any concerns reported to members with practice staff and the GPs.  Members sign a confidentiality agreement and any patient issues discussed are anonymous and confidential.

The PPG produces a quarterly newsletter which includes practice and PPG information, and useful local contacts. Copies are available in reception and on the practice’s website in the latest news section. Members also assist the practice with events, such as the recent Macmillan coffee morning and annual flu clinic.

If you would like more information about the PPG or becoming a member of the regular or virtual group, or have any queries, suggestions or concerns about local health services you’d like to raise with the PPG, email Steve at sthornett2@gmail.com or write to him care of The Harbour Medial Practice, 1 Pacific Drive, Eastbourne BN23 6DW.


lorry image05 Jan - More beach work info - From Ian Thomas, Project Manager Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. Although tides are now falling from springs to neaps, there is plenty to do before the beach can be considered back to normal.

Recycling at Normans Bay East is complete for now, with work switching to Beachlands from Monday.  Thereafter machines will head for Cooden, before moving west. Since erosion west of 'The Sandcastle' is relatively minor, this may be completed by bulldozers alone in due course. In the meantime it has been decided to start bypassing shingle round Sovereign Harbour from Monday 8th, since this week’s storms have pushed more sediment towards the harbour, so it needs to be removed while it is still accessible.

A busy couple of weeks ahead, hopefully not to be undone by another set of gales on the next spring tides.


02 Jan - West Bridge to close for 5 days. Premier Marinas announce that the West Bridge by The Harvester will be closed to pedestrians for 5 days commencing Monday 8 January. Click here for details and alternative route map...


digger image02 Jan - Sea Defences Update - from Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. After escaping from the 8 separate periods of gale that December delivered to the Sussex coast, it appears we will not be so lucky with Storm Eleanor.

Forecasts for when the biggest waves and storm surges appear are changing daily, but currently the worst periods look to be Wednesday at 11:40 and the following tide at 00:10 early on Thursday.

Bulldozers have been working at Normans Bay East since New Year’s Eve and will work at Beachlands today, with a third machine starting at 'White Horses' on Wednesday. A recycling team is also being assembled to start at 07:30 Wednesday.

Initially we had expected to start another week of bypassing shingle round the harbour from Langney on Monday 8th January. However, now machines are established to the east of the harbour I expect we will be delaying that work until beaches are repaired following tomorrow’s storms. Incidentally, the worst period of storms in the last 18 years started in exactly the same way over New Year 2014. Hopefully 2018 will not provide a repeat.


21 Dec - Marine License Renewal Notices - You may spot notices from Pevensey Coastal Defence (PCD) around the Harbour or in The Herald about maintaining the sea defences. These do not mean that anything is changing; it is just a public formality that PCD must go though in order to obtain a renewed Marine License to use dredged aggregate in their flood defence work.


Just Talking logo11 Dec - New Friendship Group - Just Talking is a new friendship group for bereaved parents of adult children over 25, which has been started by Harbour residents Jenny and Michael Jones whose adult daughter passed away in 2015. To lose a child can be devastating, but talking and sharing memories and experiences of their son or daughter with others who have been bereaved in the same way, whether recently or in the past, can be a comfort. The Just Talking group meets on the 3rd Thursday evening of each month at 7.30pm in the Community Room in Tesco Extra, Lottbridge Drove, where free tea/coffee/biscuits are provided and there is free parking. Our next meetings is on 18 January. Just come along to our meeting or contact us beforehand. For more information please visit our website: www.just-talking.co.uk or ring/text: 07867 751790


10 Dec - Member's Letter about a Community Council published, along with SHRA's response. Letters page...


08 Dec - Xmas & NY Waste and Recycling. EBC have issued advice and tips for householders. Read it here...


24 Nov - Falcon Employed by Premier - In order to prevent the mess starlings and pigeons cause to vessels, Eastbourne Marina has employed the East Sussex Falconry's... natural methods to move the birds and prevent them roosting on boats in the future. Following a trial [the starlings pleaded not guilty ha ha], a twice-week-flight course began mid-November and will take place for 12 weeks. Read more... Two SHRA members have written to Premier about the use of a hawk. Letters page...


24 Nov - The Harbour WI - Meet on the second Monday of every month, starting at 2:00pm at the Yacht Club. The note of their November meeting and future activities has just been published on their web site... Click here...


24 Nov - Two new discounters - Both these businesses offer a discount of 10% off their standard prices to SHRA members on production of your life membership card.

 As well as jewellery, Lynley's Jewellers (01323 470480) inside Asda sell clocks and watches, ornaments and gifts, and offer a range of services including repairs, remodelling and re-threading.

Active Days Mobility Services... repair and service many types of mobility aids such as scooters, powerchairs, wheelchairs, hoists, riser recliner chairs, pressure care equipment and profiling beds. See our "Join" page for more discounters... 


16 Nov - Recycling advice - EBC have issued some useful guidance on how to prevent contamination of household rubbish you intend for recycling. Read more here...


14 NovWant a warning when your MOT is due? - Sign up to get free reminders by text message or by email when your MOT is due. You’ll get a reminder one month before your MOT is due, and another if you still haven’t had your vehicle tested 2 weeks before your MOT is due. Sign up on the official Gov.UK web site: www.gov.uk/mot-reminder...


dog image13 Nov - New rules come into force for Sovereign Harbour dog walkers - Dog walkers using walkways around Sovereign Harbour must now keep their pets on a lead or risk receiving a fine. Following a public consultation, EBC is implementing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Breaching an order could result in a fine of between £75 and £1,000.

The PSPO reads "A person in charge of a dog shall be guilty of an offence if he does not keep the dog on a lead in any part of the Restricted Areas, unless:
a) he has reasonable excuse for failing to do so; or
b) the owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to his failing to do so."

The Restricted Areas are most of the pathways around the inner harbours and the outer harbour prom beside Macquarie Quay. View maps... Visit www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/pspo for more information.


11 Nov - Stand Up For East Sussex - The Eastbourne Herald reports that leaders of all five district and borough councils in East Sussex have thrown their weight behind a campaign calling for fairer funding for the county. Read more... The Stand Up For East Sussex campaign is urging people to sign a petition calling on the Prime Minister to urgently rethink the funding the county receives. Click here to sign the petition or for more information...


06 Nov - Discounter's New Trading Name - David Davis, local financial adviser who offers free advice and discounts to SHRA members has published his Autumn Newsletter together with a list of Lenders and Insurance Companies that he has on his panel. From 10 November he will be trading under the name Sovereign Mortgage Brokers already registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.


6 Nov - Garage Wanted - New Harbour resident and SHRA member Matthew Sheppard is seeking anyone with a spare garage to rent for storage. Any area considered. Contact: pepppink@hotmail.com


06 Nov - From Sussex Police introducing their new Local Policing Model. "Since 2015 we have embarked on a transformational change programme. We have looked at every element of our local policing service, determining how we can manage more demand with fewer people [I would argue the two things are related!] and meet the new and emerging threats facing our communities." More info on the model here....


06 Nov - Beach Work Update - Work at Normans Bay and Beachlands will finish today, with machines moving to PBSC from where they will re-supply 'White Horses' and Martello tower 64. All machines apart from the bulldozer will finish – for now – on Wednesday or Thursday. The bulldozer will continue to complete minor repairs and in some places push up the berm that has formed over the current spring tides. Although the second November spring tide is quite low, the first week in December unusually sees an 8.0mCD tide, so we will be avidly watching the forecast as December approaches. Pevensey Coasal Defence Ltd...


27 Oct - Operation Blitz - Sussex Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to their Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening). The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups, join Operation Blitz. To do so create an account and sign in to it at: www.Intheknow.community... Then go to Community Interests, bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", then tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.


22 Oct - Community Centre Plans Approved - On Friday (20th) EBC hastily published the Community Centre conditional Planning Permission along with a Supplemental Deed of Agreement between EBC, East Sussex CC, and Carillion (and a couple of their subsidiary companies).

The Planning Permission is conditional upon several matters including plans for the footpath linking the centre to the Waterfront car park area, plans for a pedestrian island crossing on the retail park access road, drainage and tree protection measures etc.

The Deed of Agreement commits Carillion to pay the outstanding community hall contribution of £700,000 (another £100,000 having already been contributed by them), and commits EBC to build and manage the hall. Amongst other things, it also grants pedestrian access to a planned pathway linking the community hall with the Waterfront car park, and sets out a maximum service charge for the use of the car park, capped for the first five years.


22 Oct - Dog on Leads on Harbour Paths - EBC have published the results of their public consultation on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Eastbourne. The proposals consulted over included changes to the scope of Dog Ban and Dog on Lead Orders.

EBC have confirmed that, having had full regard to the public consultation feedback, the following orders would be authorised, to commence on 20th October 2017: Dog on Lead PSPO This is a combination of the council’s existing Dog Control Order for Dogs on Lead with the following addition: The public walkways around Sovereign Harbour Marina all year round.  This means that on the harbour walkways dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

To read more and the full consultation report click here to visit the EBC website...


30 Oct -Latest Update from Pevensey Coastal Defence - Current forecasts suggest that the early November spring tides (4th–8th November), will be accompanied by relatively calm conditions. Although a series of depressions is set to cross the Atlantic to the south of Iceland, current models show high pressure over Europe holding firm and keeping them well to the north of us. Of course there is plenty of time for things to change.

In the meantime the recycling team will start to move west away from Cooden from today, tidying the beach as they go. The next few days will see shingle moved from Herbrand Walk and East Stream to Normans Bay East and then Normans Bay to Beachlands towards the end of the week.  This will most likely continue into the early part of next week, finishing at 'White Horses'/Sovereign Harbour. Assuming the forecast is accurate, then I would expect most machines to leave the beach by the middle of next week. Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd...


19 Oct - Beach Work Update - From  Ian Thomas Project Manager Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd - Because of the deteriorating weather, bypassing shingle round Sovereign Harbour stopped last night so that bulldozers could work on sea defences at Beachlands and Normans Bay East ahead of the arrival of Storm Brian on Saturday. They will work there this evening, tomorrow evening, Saturday morning and Saturday evening.

Undoubtedly the beach crest will be eroded in many places, and a recycling team is standing by to start permanent repair work from 06:00 on Monday morning, along with the two bulldozers. They can’t work everywhere at once, but with two weeks before even bigger tides on 4 – 8 November, we will endeavour to get everything back in place by then. Hopefully the current forecasts are right and conditions are getting better rather than worse.


18 Oct - False News? - The Eastbourne Herald reports that "construction of a new community centre is now underway at Sovereign Harbour", and our local councilors, David Tutt (leader of EBC) and other officials turned out on site 6 for a photo-call to trumpet the occasion.

Yet, according to the ECB web site the planning application (170162) for the community centre has not yet been approved. Perhaps they are confusing the centre with the recently approved access road (see below) which is as much to do with the proposed offices development as with the community centre. Read more....


18 Oct - EBC Approve Plans for Community Centre Access Road on Site 6 - The application proposes the erection of a road across the site to give access to the community centre proposed in the south-west corner of the site (application 170162, still awaiting a decision), and later to facilitate access to the employment and office space granted outline consent under application 131002.

The proposed road is 6m in width to allow two-way traffic with a pavement on one side. The road will be used for disabled access and servicing of the community centre, with future access provision to office and business uses as the site is further developed. Access to the road will be controlled by some type of barrier, the design of which is yet to be agreed. Decision document... Access road plan...


13 Oct - A Third Week of Shingle Bypassing - Announcement from Ian Thomas, Project Manager Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. "The last two or three days have seen some strong winds, which have moved additional shingle east on to the southern Sovereign Harbour breakwater.  Whilst machines are on the beach it seems sensible to move this material now rather than have to come back again in a few weeks’ time.  Therefore we will continue work into a third week, although it is unclear at this time whether there is sufficient shingle available to last the full five days. It is also sensible to bypass the extra material now, because if left too long, there is greater risk of it being driven past the rock spur and round the end of the breakwater. Once inside the breakwaters it is a much more time consuming operation for it to be removed, which also has to be done tidally rather than during daylight hours as is currently the case.   Hopefully once this work is completed, there will be no further requirement to bypass shingle round the harbour until early 2018." Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd External link logo


11 Oct - Councillors’ Devolved Budget Colours Verges -Sovereign Ward Councillors Gordon Jenkins, Penny di Cara and Paul Metcalfe have allocated more than £300 of their devolved budget towards the planting of purple crocus bulbs for the grass verges along Atlantic Drive and at the Sovereign Centre end of Princes Road. Sovereign Harbour Rotary Club External link logo is providing the bulbs and they represent the Purple4Polio campaign, which is aiming to eradicate polio. If you have a community project which would benefit from funding, please contact your Ward Councillor


10 Oct - Seasons Restaurant Sold - The Eastbourne Herald reports that Seasons deli/bistro at The Waterfront has been sold after administrators were brought in. The administrators of Bright Ideas Studio Limited, which traded as Seasons Restaurant and Coffee Lounge at The Waterfront successfully concluded a sale of the company’s business and assets to 4 Seasons (Eastbourne) Limited. The restaurant remains open and continues trading. Read more.... External link logo


10 Oct - Longer Takeaway Hours for Harbour Grill approved. EBC have approved the application to change the hours of operation of the business (not including external seating area) to 9:00am - 11:30pm on Sunday to Thursday and 9:00am to 12:30am Friday and Saturday. The outdoor seating area hours are 09:00am - 22:00 Sunday to Saturday with takeaway only after 22:00.


09 Oct - Haven School Tours. For any parent of a child starting school in September 2018, The Haven CE VA Methodist Primary School is holding five tours of the school where you are able to come and meet the Headteacher, Mrs Trathen, ask any questions you have regarding admission to Mrs Bundy the schools admissions officer, and have a tour of the school.

The dates and times are Tuesday 31st October 10.45 am, Thursday 2nd November 10.45 am, Monday 6th November 2.15 pm, Thursday 16th November 2.15 pm and Wednesday 22nd November 6.00 pm.  We kindly ask that no children attend these tours of the school, as the tours can take up-to 1 hour.  If you would like to book your space please contact Mrs Bundy on 01323 471781 option 0.


09 Oct - Annual Rentcharge Chart - a chart showing the flow of monies from the annual estate rentcharge demand was published in the October edition of Waterlines. It is also available for download from our Rentcharge page...


03 Oct - Stand up for East Sussex - East Sussex County Council are asking the people of East Sussex to sign their petition on Change.org External link logo which calls on the Government to give our county a fairer deal. East Sussex has made savings of £112 million since the start of the decade. The ESCC petition to the Prime Minister calls for an urgent re-think about the resources it gives to East Sussex and the real difficulties that cuts in funding mean for many people who live here. More info on this ESCC web page... External link logo



01 Oct
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Rentcharge Board Appointments - in early September 2017, more than a year since their nomination by the Environment Agency, SHRA committee member, Cllr Penny di Cara, and former SHRA Chairman, Jan Weeks were formally appointed to the Board of the Sovereign Harbour (Sea Defences) Community Interest Company Ltd.), the subsidiary of the Sovereign Harbour Trust. Jan and Penny will work along with current board member, harbour resident Rick Runalls (also a former Chair of SHRA), to ensure that the business of the Trust and CIC is properly conducted. There is more information about the Trust and the CIC on our Rentcharge page...  

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